Graduate Opportunity

Business Operations Management (Logistics) | Vehicle Plant

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Overview of Toyota UK

There are two manufacturing plants in the UK representing a total investment of £2.5 billion and approximately 3,000 members (including Agency) are employed. The vehicle manufacturing plant is located at Burnaston in Derbyshire, the engine manufacturing plant is located at Deeside in North Wales.

Logistics at Toyota 

Everything starts and stops with Logistics.  Join us here and you’ll be at the centre of our manufacturing operation bringing the world-famous Toyota Production System (TPS) to life. This is your chance to learn about concepts like jidoka and just-in-time first-hand from the company that pioneered them.

A world-famous system

TPS is a lean manufacturing system designed to eliminate waste, reduce costs and keep lead times down. It was developed between 1948 and 1975 out of two concepts. The first is called jidoka (which loosely translates as “automation with a human touch”) – this means that when a problem occurs, production stops immediately, preventing defective products.  The second concept is just-in-time, in which each process produces only what is needed by the next, and so on, in a continuous flow. Where Toyota has led the way, other manufacturers have followed. You’ll find that many universities teach TPS today as a proven operations management system.

The role

You will be positioned at our manufacturing plant in Burnaston, Derbyshire, there are fantastic student roles available within our Business Operations Management (Logistics) team.

What it means for you

For graduates fresh out of university, kaizen means constant development. Nothing stands still here - and graduates are hugely important to that. We really value the injection of energy and ideas they bring. If you enjoy taking a practical, problem-solving approach to your work, you could go a long way here. You'll be part of a collaborative culture - a business that's always looking to the next challenge. It's only through our people's determination today that we can continue our progress tomorrow.

Toyota Manufacturing UK

The vehicle manufacturing plant at Burnaston, Derbyshire opened in 1992, making it Toyota's first European manufacturing plant.

About the programme

Graduates who join us in Logistics get to tackle challenging problems in an exciting, fast-paced environment. You can potentially make a huge difference to our overall competitiveness and customer satisfaction.

Specific roles are diverse. You could be directing thousands of parts from hundreds of suppliers through the plant every day. Or, you might find yourself keeping production lines running smoothly by planning volumes, spotting issues and taking swift action to put things right. You’ll certainly learn valuable supplier management skills as well as developing as a communicator and a problem-solver.

We move parts around our operations in these reusable boxes. With the right planning, not only do the parts arrive precisely where they are needed, but also the empty box returns just in time for new supplies. Refining the way this works has been an eye-opener for logistics graduates – they’ve even confirmed the process flow to Turkey and back. Therefore, an empty box is full of opportunity.

What we look for

We're looking for people who will share our values and believe that there's always a better way. So, if you thrive on analysing problems from different angles to develop solutions and take a practical approach to your work, you could go a long way with us. You will also have a consistently strong academic record, with a minimum 2:1 predicted / recently achieved at degree level in Maths or Process Engineering.


  • Competitive salary and Paid Overtime
  • 25 Days Paid Annual Holiday
  • Relocation Assistance
  • Free Personalised Work Wear
  • Exclusive Company Benefit Site
  • Subsidised Onsite Restaurants
  • Worldwide Travel Opportunities
  • Fantastic Opportunities for Career Progression
  • Job Events and Courses
  • Pension Scheme
  • Life Assurance
  • Private Healthcare Scheme
  • Attractive Car Schemes 


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Opportunity Overview

  • November 4th, 2019
  • £28,350 + benefits
  • 2:1 and above
  • Burnaston (Derbyshire)
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Disciplines accepted...

  • Automotive
  • Manufacturing
  • Maths
  • Mechanical
  • Mechatronics
  • Project Management
  • Robotics

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